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Balochistan: Family of abducted Baloch singer appeal for his release, Pakistani forces abduct four people

Balochistan about 9 hours ago QUETTA: The family of Nisar Adil son of Khaliq Dad has appealed for his immediate release. The Balochi language singer was abducted by Pakistani security forces from Buleda-bet area in district Kech on 20 March 2020. In addition to singing Mr Adil is also pursuing a BS Physics degree at Sindh University. Two days prior to Nisar’s abduction another Baloch writer and poet Inayat Saleem was also forcibly disappeared by Pakistani forces from district kech Balochistan. Meanwhile, on 21st March Pakistani forces abducted a Baloch youth from Tump region of Turbat Balochistan. The abductee has been named as Fida son of Mohammad Ali. Humgaam News, an Urdu language news site, reported that Pakistan army abducted Fida when he went to a motor garage to fix his vehicle. Also, on March, 20, Pakistani forces abducted three Baloch youth from district Panjgur Balochistan during two different offensives. The victims have been identified as Hassam son of Fazal Karim, Qasim so

Balochistan braces for another batch of 1,000 pilgrims from Iran

By  mohammad zafar  Mar.22,2020 Work on the establishment of an emergency health city on 50 acres with a capacity of 2,000 people has been started QUETTA:  Balochistan Chief Secretary Captain (retd) Fazeel Asghar on Saturday stated that approximately around 1,000 pilgrims will be crossing the Taftan border and entering Pakistan from Iran. While speaking to the media after attending the meeting of the Anti-Corona Core Committee in the Civil Secretariat of Quetta, Asghar said, “At present, there are 500 people in Taftan, while another 1,000 are expected to come from Iran. Work on the establishment of an emergency health city on 50 acres has been started which can accommodate 2,000 people. NDMA is providing 600 containers for Taftan and 300 containers for Chaman, which will be equipped with all facilities. There is no lockdown in the province. However, transport has been banned and shopping malls have been closed so that people do not gather. They are all pilgrims coming from Iran who are

Balochistan Govt sought Army's help to fight spread of Corona

KARACHI/Lahore/QUETTA - Following the Sindh province, the Punjab and Balochistan governments have also sought Pakistan Army’s help to fight the spread of novel coronavirus in the country. Both the provincial governments of Balochistan and Punjab requested the federal government to send military troops in order to assist civil administration amid spread of the coronavirus. Reportedly, the Punjab government on Sunday wrote a letter to the federal government seeking deployment of military troops in the province under Article 245. The letter was sent to the federal government by the provincial Home Secretary. READ MORE:  Oil Prices fall 8-10% at opening after weekend The provincial government called for immediate deployment of armed forces to assist local administration. Also, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar discussed the issue of military’s help with the chief secretary and other concerned officials of the government. An official said that after proper consultations the provincial gove

Four more coronavirus cases surface in Balochistan, tally rises to 108

Web Desk   On  Mar 22, 2020 QUETTA: At least four more cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Balochistan, raising the tally of such patients in province to 108, ARY News reported. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani on Sunday confirmed four more cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province and added that patients have been shifted to the hospitals. He maintained that the coronavirus patients were being provided the best medical facilities at the hospitals. Earlier in the day, the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Pakistan had risen to 644 after new COVID-19 cases were reported from all provinces. Read More:  Pakistan’s coronavirus cases surge to 644 Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on late Saturday night had confirmed 15 new Covid-19 cases in Punjab, taking the provincial total to 152. Out of the total, 120 cases had been detected in pilgrims from Iran, 21 in Lahore, one each in Multan and Rawalpindi, three Gujrat, two Jhelum and fo

Balochistan CM rejects Guardians 'totally fake' story on Taftan quarantine camp

The March 21, 2020 Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan says the picture in the news story is from Quetta rather than Taftan Twitter Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal on Saturday rejected a news story published by a UK based publication,  The Guardian , tweeting that the media outlet had reported false information on the quarantine camp in Taftan. Taking to Twitter, Kamal wrote, " Guardian has published a totally fake story on Taftan. The reporters didn’t even bother to visit Taftan.""The Picture are of Quetta[...]as there are no pine trees in Taftan," h e said, adding: " This is what fake, directed pics, manipulated and what to show and what not to show news does." The Guardian ran a news story on the Taftan camp a couple of days ago, stating that the conditions at the camp were not fit for coronavirus patients to be quarantined there. "In this dusty camp on Pakistan’s border with Iran, which at one stage held more than 6,000 people, the sten

Balochistan facing shortage of medical equipment: CM

ALI JAN MANGI DERA MURAD JAMALI: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that the province is facing shortage of medical equipment and badly needs ventilators, test kits and personal protective gear to contain the spread of coronavirus in the province. Talking to journalists at the quarantine centre near Dera Allahyar during a visit to Jaffarabad district on Sunday, he said that despite having meagre resources, the provincial government was fighting coronavirus. He said that it was a wrong perception that the pilgrims returning from Iran were the cause of the spread of coronavirus in the country as during the last 20 days, 900,000 people had come to Pakistan through different borders and by air from various countries and a large number of Covid-19 cases were reported from among them. Published in Dawn, March 23rd, 2020